Israeli shelling of Syrian-controlled Golan Heights injures 11

Published March 5th, 2014 - 12:38 GMT
The strategic Golan plateau has been the scene of many spillovers of violence in the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011. (AFP/File)
The strategic Golan plateau has been the scene of many spillovers of violence in the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011. (AFP/File)

The Israeli military launched an offensive on the Syrian-controlled section of the Golan Heights on Wednesday, wounding seven security forces and four civilians, Syrian state media reported.

Israeli rockets, tank shells and rifle fire reportedly violated a 40-year-old military disengagement agreement that was inked after the Arab Israeli war in 1973, according to Syrian media, Agence France Presse reported.

The reports also alleged that the Israeli military's latest move proves that Israel is actively supporting the rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to AFP.

Last week, reports surfaced that Israel had launched an aerial attack on a Hezbollah arms shipment traveling from Lebanon into Syria, prompting the Shiite group to threaten Israel with military retaliation.

However, Israel did not comment on the air strike but said that if there were any Hezbollah-led reprisals, Beirut would be held responsible, according to AFP.

Thickening the plot further, earlier this week Hezbollah officials denied there were weapons being transferred, with an unidentified source telling a Kuwaiti paper: "We and the Israelis know there wasn't any weapons transfer from Syria into Lebanon, adding that the added the strike was "to send a message."

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 war and annexed it, a move that has not been recognized by the international community. This strategic area is often home to a spillover of violence from the now nearly three-year-old Syrian conflict.


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